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Doing some practice on getting the “silky” effect with water flow.  Not too bad.

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This is the Grings Mill & Recreation Area that I frequent quite often with my camera.  I shot this in B&W and added a bit of HDR.  Looks like it snowed.  The Pond in the foreground used to be a holding area for Canal barges back in the early 1800’s.

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One of the buildings that belong to the Pennhurst State School & Hospital, that is now long abandoned and just left to crumble away into History.  This area has a reputation of being very haunted by the patients that were once housed here.  Pennhurst was once a Mental Hospital with 12 other buildings on the grounds and were all connected by under-ground tunnels.  It was also featured on a documentary by Ghost Adventures in which they filmed and recorded a bunch of un-explained noises and sightings.  I did not go into this area, because of Private Property signs posted everywhere. Venture in here, and you don’t know what’s going to happen!

Thank you for reading.

Les

LOCK #47

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All that remains of old Lock #47

Close to my Home is part of what used to be the Old Union Canal that was once a major transportation means in the early 1800’s.  Canal or River Barge’s used this to transport coal, wood, stores, and people up and down the Canal. The Schuykill River is just off to the right of this Image and out of the picture.

The Union Canal once stretched from the Coal Region Area all the way down into Philadelphia, PA.  Not much of it remains today, except some places where you can still see where the old Canal once was.  Most of it has been filled in with ground or has been torn up for other progress.

The Old Lock operated much the same as the one’s we have today, just in a simpler fashion.  Water was let in on one end of the Lock to raise or lower a Barge to a different level.  Barges coming down the Canal would be lowered, while those coming up the Canal would be raised.  The Lock doors on either end were made of wood and had to be opened and closed by manual labor.  The opening’s are now sealed shut, and the doors are no longer there.  A fence has been placed around the Lock so people don’t fall into the 10 ft. deep space where the Barges once entered.

With the coming of the Railroad, and it gaining more and more popularity, the method of transportation by Canal grew less and less.  It was cheaper to ship by rail than by boat and it was faster.  The “Iron Horse” is what made the Canal meet it’s demise.  There are a few of these old Locks still around and some of them are in working order.  This is what made our Country what it is today.

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The above Image shows the Old Union Canal and Towpath.  The depression off to the left is where the old Canal used to be.  The path to the right was once the Towpath where the Mules & Horses walked pulling the Barges up and down the Canal.  The path is now used for walking, jogging, & bicycle’s.  It’s 7 miles long.  During the Fall all the trees change color, making it pretty to see.

Happy Holidays to all

Les

THE EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY

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I have just recently purchased a program called Photomatrix 3.  I had tried it for about a week and finally decided to buy it.  It’s a good program for the price and will enhance your Images into HDR.  The above is just one of them

The Eastern State Penitentiary was built in Philadelphia, PA around 1830’s to confine felon’s to serve their time in Prison.  It was build in a “spoke fashion” where all the “wheels” of the spoke radiated out from a central area.  Inmates that were confined here back then had no air-conditioning, very little heat, and the cells were very small.  Water was turned on once a day to bathe and flush toilets.  Let out for 1 hr. a day for exercise. The famous gangster, Al Capone, was held here for 7 yrs.

Most all of the cells on the right and left look much the same.  There was not much difference from one to the other.  This old Prison is open for Tourists most all year long and is considered to be very haunted by some of the hundreds of Inmates who died here.

When I was here, it was quite warm to walk around in.  The temp. was in the high 90’s outside so you can imagine how hot it was inside. I was quite wet after touring the Prison!  There have been many reports of people seeing and hearing things that can’t be explained.  I really didn’t see anything or hear anything that was not unusual, except for one thing. While photographing one of the area’s of the Prison, my camera would not work for some unknown reason.  It took me 4 times to take the same shot!  I double checked my settings to see if I had something wrong. Everything was set right.  Walked outside and it worked just fine!  Why?  It was an area that was known to be Haunted.  I really don’t know for sure if a Spirit prevented this or not.  You decide.

Thanks for reading.

Les

MONOCHROME?

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Ah Ha!  I am starting to learn more and more on just how to make a Post with my Images in a better perspective.  One small problem is that when I enlarge the Images, they seem to distort somewhat, and are not as clear.

Anyway, I’ve been playing around with IR, but even though I can’t get the right effect I want I found that I can enhance my B&W Images to look fairly close.  This was taken at one of my favorite photography area’s.  The Barn in the background dates back to 1823 and over-looks where the Union Canal once used to be.

Thank you.

Les